Bringing the learning home (Australian Learning & Teaching Council)

Dorm life in Krakow

I’ve never lived in a dorm before. Imagine my horror when I turn up to find the sheets and towels provided are torn and stained, the bed may as well be made of rocks and – more importantly – there is not access to a fridge or a clothes dryer on the premises.

The above is our makeshift fridge and Hills Hoist. I have no idea what we’re going to do when winter rolls around and it’s -15 degrees on a good day, but for now this works.


2 responses

  1. Jan Gothard

    Well I guess you wont have any problems keeping your food chilled when the temperature gets that cold! Is it only the foreign students who are horrified by these conditions or do the locals feel the same way? (Do you live with local students?) At present we are inundated with complaints about the Commonwealth Games village in New Delhi – it seems to have settled down a bit but the standards of cleanliness and readiness were said to be not up the the standard Westerners expected. Having said that, I remember being horrified when I once lived in a bedsit in London to discover there was no shower! It’s all relative…


    October 6, 2010 at 7:33 am

  2. tonialeannegray

    Hi Lucy

    Dorm life in and of itself can be an issue…. BUT “Dorm Life” in Poland seems massively challenging! From my perspective, you have been using lots of initiative just to get this far.

    Remember, comfort zone, challenge zone, courage zone – all character building stuff.

    Would love to hear about the three zones and your self growth as time unfolds in your host country.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:01 pm

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